Judge grants defense request, delays convicted killer’s sentencing

By From page A3 | February 26, 2013

Claude Washington Jr.

Claude Washington Jr.

FAIRFIELD — Sentencing was put on hold Monday for a Fairfield man who shot and killed another man during a prearranged fight in 2010 in an Armijo High School parking lot.

Claude S. Washington Jr., 21, was found guilty in April 2012 of second-degree murder, as well as three counts of second-degree robbery, carrying a loaded gun and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

Washington was in court briefly where his lawyer explained the need for the delay so he could request a new trial. Judge E. Bradley Nelson rescheduled the sentencing for May 13.

Washington was one of several people watching the fight on the night of Oct. 11, 2010, when he pulled a gun and shot one of the fighters, Jamal Thornton, in the face before shooting him several more times. Washington’s robbery convictions stem from a pair of armed street robberies a week earlier.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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